Lore of the North was a magical exploration into Yorkshire folklore by Leeds artist Lord Whitney. Leeds Inspired provided match funding specifically for a community research event held at Leeds City Library and supported the project with a £965 grant.
Taking in a vast and complex world of stories, people and traditions, a publication and installation/exhibition event at Munro House was held in March 2014. Over 500 people visited the exhibition.
Set in fantasy and shot in reality Lore of the North utilised the beautiful backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales, leading visitors on a journey through Lord Whitney’s curious version of Folklore.
Lord Whitney worked with a range of collaborators including the Heydays over 65s group at West Yorkshire Playhouse and a wide range of experts in the field including Simon Costin (Museum of British Folklore), Stephen Sayers (reader in social psychology), John Billingsley (Northern Earth magazine), Doc Rowe (Archivist), Kai Roberts (Folklorist) and the Folklore Society.
Artistic collaborations came from photographer James Rhodes, graphic designer Amy Rodchester, illustrator Tommy Davidson who designed a folklore map of Yorkshire as well as support from local businesses Pressision, Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke Studios, East Street Arts, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Food&_ and more.